COGconnected - A new study by the University of Montreal suggests that playing first person shooters long term can have adverse effects on the brain.
Over what time span was the 90hrs of FPS games played? Was it days,weeks, or months?
plus no control group... there is definitely not enough info at least in this article to actually conclude that FPS cause the hippocampus. to shrink in size.
Yah, completed a biology degree and did expermints, observational studies and data collection. This studio, simply doesn't add up.
This explains everything... *goes back to playing COD*
I am always play FPS... . No drain bamage here.
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You can't really create a control group. Because the control would be people who played video games, but didn't stimulate anything... The have a pseudo control, which is the 3D platforming group. They played video games, but not shooters.
@myself ..... please check what you write. Your phone likes to make typos.
Is it your phone or is it the brain damage?
@Silly Mammo I have played over 90hrs of FPS. Therefore, I must have severe, irreversiable brain damage.
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Depends on the game you play. COD causes severe, irreversible brain damage, for example.
Not sure about brain damage, but it great for causing Tourette's Syndrome.
I don’t know why but your comment is making me laugh uncontrollably.
I think it's likely a similar time that watching pr0n will blind you lol
I would guess that if they took the time to compare these people to a group forced to watch 90 hours of reality tv they would find similar (if not worse) results. I vote for a ban on reality tv.
csgo's playerbase is proof of this tho.
Gotta love when data is either manipulated or leads to inconclusive and biased results with missing examples, likely a fault of experimenter bias. They throw a bunch of food-starved South Koreans playing Starcraft into a room to play 90 hours non-stop and then go "Look how braindead they are, this means all games of similar genre damage you!" lmao
Nope psuedoscentific BS some professors i know wants to talk to you. Things don't add up.
Maybe they're on to something. I've come across plenty of people online who appear to be brain damaged, at least I hope they are because there is no excuse for such moronic behavior from a fully functioning person.
I can say after putting tons of hours into FPS games my reflexes and hand eye coordination are the only things that I gained out of it. I personally find it harder to think deeply about things. After starting to play 2 years ago
Unfortunately fps games are where those people lurk. I actually think the people who have come out and said this obviously have been saying cod and just got into a little flame war online and the end result to them is anger equals brain damage lol
Over 90 hours? Bruh, I've poured thousands of hours into first person shooters. Sometimes I play for 5+ hours a day. I don't have any brain damage.
some may point out that the capital letter normally begins the word. but we'll just skip that ;)
LOL. It took me a good while to figure out wth you were talking about haha.
If this study is true, I should be in a coma by now.
He's probably on mobile because my phone will automatically capitalise the first letter of a word after I use a period.
I've been gaming for 30 some odd years , I should be dead.
I don't agree with the article, but at the same time you can't just say you don't have brain damage unless you've went and actually had a scan done. You don't always "feel" like you have brain damage. It can go unknown for years.
That's a fair point.
Then check downstairs, if your putting that much time into fps games the brain certainly is damaged from no action lol lol. The poor guy downstairs.
Nah...I do believe anyone plays 90 hr straight will cause brain damage, I have been there I couldn't remember what time was it.
"First Person Shooters Cause Brain Damage" Well, so does the stupidity of this article. Zing!
Educating yourself causes you brain damage?.. You know, lots of people know how dangerous smoking/gambling can be, but they still do it because they're self respecting adults who can make their own choices.. Right? ..I don't think any gambler yells out brain damage when when reading an article about gambling destroying peoples lives. They might not like it.. But... This is more of a case for, "not wanting to see the truth", rightt? ..Just go play some games. This information was never for gamers anyways. It's the conquest for knowledge.
Cripes, man, have you never heard of a joke?
FPS's have damaged your sense of humor bro.
Studies that are poorly done or will easily be disproven are done by people with brain damage
another study found out that life is still the main cause for death. shocking.
Actually, it's air. Statistics prove that after breathing air for 70-90 years, you will probably die.
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Clearly studying the link between gaming and brain damage causes brain damage.
"British scientists have cautioned against drawing firm conclusions from the study, highlighting the small number of participants." - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/... Nice try.
more like playing shooters or any game that relies on reaction cause one to have better reaction and reflexes.
..paired with lesser problem-solving skills. but these changes are entirely temporary as outlined in the article. they said when they asked the participants to change to only playing puzzle games, their brains went back. this isnt a sign of "brain damage", this is a sign of a healthy functioning brain.
nah it more of a sign one actually using their brain to play a game versus playing a game that more using the person eyes. Basically people are more focus on puzzle games.
..which is a sign that their brains are working properly. To make the claim that improving reaction time at the detriment to problem solving (temporarily) is brain damage is extremely inaccurate.
Unrelated but they should make a new controller for fps next gen...I don't know maybe gloves or something with a device/conroller in the left
Lol yeah right. I've sunk litterally thousands of hours into FPS games I bought every CoD on day 1 starting with Mw3 and ending with Bo3 spent tons of hours on Battlefield Bad Company 2, BF 3, 4, 1 and Destiny so this study is complete bogus.
you've only stated your experience playing games. what about your brain? whats that like these days?
So does smoking pot. Just imagine all those people who get high and play FPS.
They voted for Bernie. You don't have to imagine them, we have numbers.
I knew I should have been out playing football!
And masterbation cause blindness.
Umm I'm sorry that's wrong. Masturbation killed the dinosaurs. People these days. Don't know anything.
So Dinosaurs died for our sins? There's a religious joke in there somewhere... Also, is that knowledge meant to stop us from handling ourselves in the post-dinosaur era? If so, what are we killing these days...is it not deforestation or global warming killing off species like the Dodo, but rather our selfish desires to get off constantly? Are they paying the price!? I MUST KNOW! The Peruvian Black Spider Monkeys lives are at stake!
What if the player had a brain condition, or even a pre-curser, before playing? How did the university students check for that?
I've been playing fps since I was kid and probably already poured like a thousand of hours on just counter strike alone. I'm pretty fine and also even became succesful with my career of choice.
Guardian of the Elder Basement? I'm kidding.. :-)
Question, how does a non-physical activity cause a physical result? This makes no sense.
Playing video games IS a physical activity....
No, I'm talking about something that has a direct physical impact on your brain. Like if you told me boxing causes brain damage, I get that because of the constant trauma that fighters receive to the head. However I'm not seeing the connection between sitting in front of a TV and mashing buttons and physical damage to your brain.
@whicked. The same way excessive narcotic use can result in brain damage. The brain isn't just effected by physical circumstances. It is s very unique a sensitive organ that is effected by all sorts of things. A traumatic experience for example like seeing someone die in front of you can cause post traumatic stress disorder and psychosis.
@Goldby Yes but narcotics are a PHYSICAL thing that you put in your body that has real chemical effects on it. Video games not physical outside of pushing a controller. Again, I'm not seeing the connection at ALL. There's absolutely nothing about videogames that would have a direct, PHYSICAL impact on your brain. The only argument that could be made is that people who spend an inordinate amount of time playing videogames are more ignorant of other subjects simply because they spend less time pursuing them. The idea that playing videogames would cause real damage to one's brain is an idiotic notion.
@wicked, Video games and instant gratification causes endorphins to rush through your brain. Again, gaming isn't just about pressing buttons, if it was, this study wouldn't need to just test FPS but it would be takin. IN general, from pong to Hellblade, sim city to prey. Everything in between as well. I may suggest you look up some info on external forces that affect our brain, not just related to gaming but every day life. Ie. coffee in the morning, watching hours of TV. constant artificial light from monitors and halogen light bulbs. All this effects our brain.